Publications

McMansion Hell Responds to Zillow’s Unfounded Legal Claims

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
June 29, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Earlier this week, Zillow sent an aggressive cease and desist letter [PDF] to Kate Wagner, the creator of the McMansion Hell website. Zillow demanded that Wagner remove any image originally sourced from Zillow’s site. Today EFF sent a response to Zillow on Wagner’s behalf. Our letter [PDF] explains why none of Zillow’s contentions have any merit.

‘NotPetya’ ransomware attack shows corporate social responsibility should include cybersecurity

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
June 27, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing
As the “NotPetya” ransomware attack spreads around the world, it’s making clear how important it is for everyone – and particularly corporations – to take cybersecurity seriously. The companies affected by this malware include power utilities, banks and technology firms. Their customers are now left without power and other crucial services, in part because the companies did not take action and make the investments necessary to better protect themselves from these cyberattacks.
 

Political Parties as Critical Infrastructure?

Author(s): 
Kristen E. Eichensehr
Publication Date: 
June 22, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testified Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the House investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

We need our platforms to put people and democratic society ahead of cheap profits

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
June 16, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Fake news captures attention and is corrosive. Like many similar social problems online, it is a symptom of surveillance capitalism. Surveillance capitalism explains the economic incentives that drive media production and distribution on internet platforms like Facebook. The business model used by internet platforms relies on collecting data and using that data to create profiles of users to predict their interests and behavior.

Making Google the Censor

Author(s): 
Daphne Keller
Publication Date: 
June 12, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Prime Minister Theresa May’s political fortunes may be waning in Britain, but her push to make internet companies police their users’ speech is alive and well. In the aftermath of the recent London attacks, Ms. May called platforms like Google and Facebook breeding grounds for terrorism.

A tiny party of hardliners holds the balance of power in Britain. Here’s what you need to know

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 9, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

After last week’s shocking results, Britain’s Conservative Party had to make a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to return to government. It appears likely that the DUP will not go into a coalition with the Conservatives, but will simply support the “minority government” from the outside on key votes, while not being part of the coalition.

Don’t believe what Putin is saying about ‘patriotic’ Russian hackers

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
June 7, 2017
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The last two days have seen two major developments regarding Russian hacking. First, Russian President Vladimir Putin tacitly admitted that Russian hackers might have influenced the U.S. election, but claimed that any hackers were just patriots, acting independently of the Russian government. Then The Intercept published a leaked NSA report stating that Russian military intelligence had tried to penetrate U.S. voting systems.

The Introduction of a Neighbouring Right for Press Publisher at EU Level: The Unneeded (and Unwanted) Reform

Author(s): 
Giancarlo Frosio
Publication Date: 
June 2, 2017
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
(with Christophe Geiger and Oleksandr Bulayenko) This article discusses the proposed introduction in EU law of neighbouring rights for press publishers for the digital uses of their publications. This proposal is included in the European Commission’s Draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market of 14 September 2016, which forms an important part of the ongoing reform of copyright at EU level.

From Horizontal to Vertical: An Intermediary Liability Earthquake in Europe

Author(s): 
Giancarlo Frosio
Publication Date: 
June 2, 2017
Publication Type: 
Academic Writing
As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission would like to introduce vertical regulations, replacing — or better conflicting with — the well-established eCommerce Directive horizontal intermediary liability regime. An upcoming revision of the Audio-visual Media Services Directive would ask platforms to put in place measures to protect minors from harmful content and to protect everyone from incitement to hatred.

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